Munroe Smith

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Edmund Munroe Smith (December 8, 1854 – April 13, 1926) was an American jurist and historian.

Family and education[edit]

Smith was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Horatio Southgate Smith and his wife, Susan Dwight Munroe.[1] He received his A.B. from Amherst College in 1874 and his LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1877.[2] In 1879, Smith returned to Amherst to earn an A.M. degree.[2] He received the degree of J.U.D. from the University of Göttingen in 1880.[2]

In 1890, Smith married Emma Gertrude Huidekoper, daughter of General Henry S. Huidekoper.[1] They had one daughter, Gertrude Munroe Smith, born in 1891.[1] Smith's brother, Henry Maynard Smith (he changed his name to Henry Smith Munroe), was also a professor at Columbia, and served as Dean of the School of Mines from 1891 to 1915. Smith's great-granddaughter is Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay and candidate for Governor of California.


Smith filled several posts at Columbia University from 1880 onwards. He was a lecturer in Roman law and an instructor in history from 1880 to 1883.[2] He was promoted to adjunct professor of history in 1883, and became a full professor of Roman law and comparative jurisprudence in 1891.[2] Smith was one of the founders of the Political Science Quarterly, and served as its managing editor from 1886 to 1893 and again from 1904 to 1913.[3]

He retired from teaching in 1924 and died of pneumonia in 1926 at the age of seventy-one.[4]


His works include:

  • Smith, Edmund Munroe (1883). The Law of Nationality. Chicago: Melbert B. Cary & Co.
  • Smith, Edmund Munroe (1898). Bismarck and German Unity, a historical outline. Columbia University Press.
  • Smith, Edmund Munroe (1915). Military Strategy Versus Diplomacy in Bismarck's Time and Afterwards. New York: Ginn & Company.
  • Smith, Edmund Munroe (1916). American Diplomacy in the European War. New York: Ginn & Company.
  • Smith, Edmund Munroe (1918). Militarism and Statecraft. New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons.

He wrote articles on Roman law and cognate subjects for the New International Encyclopedia.


  1. ^ a b c Chapman, Leonard Bond (1907). Monograph on the Southgate Family of Scarborough, Maine Their Ancestors and Descendants. H.W. Bryant. pp. 41, 52.
  2. ^ a b c d e Brown, John Howard (1904). The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. The Biographical Society.
  3. ^ The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge. 25. New York and Chicago: Encyclopedia Americana Corp. 1920. p. 125.
  4. ^ "Obituary". The New York Times. 1926-04-15. p. 27. Retrieved 2008-08-21.

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